2016 Helen Sheehan Book Prize

The submission period fo the 2016 prize has ended.

Thank you to the seventy - yes, 7-0! - writers that submitted manuscripts for the 2016 prize. We are honored to recieved so many great stories. Editors are now reading, re-reading, and debating each submission. We will announce our 2016 winner in late September. Please check back for updates.

Book Prize Judges

Kelly Jensen


Kelly Jensen is a former teen/youth services librarian turned associate editor and community manager for Book Riot. She blogs about young adult fiction, reading, and serving teens at She’s the author of It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader from VOYA Press.

Anne Rouyer


Anne Rouyer is currently a supervising young adult librarian at the Mulberry Street Branch of The New York Public Library. She has served on the 2012 Morris YA Award committee, and is currently the co-chair for the NYPL's Best Books for Teens 2015 booklist committee.

Meghan Dietsche Goel


Meghan Dietsche Goel is the children's and young adult book buyer at BookPeople in Austin, TX. She serves as the program director for the Texas Teen Book Festival.